Intelligent Weatherization

Course Description – Energy Auditor

Course Description: Energy Auditor


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Job Task Analysis

Energy Auditor

An IREC-accredited Course

Energy Auditor is a course that has been accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

trainer-thomas-andrews-150pxCourse Trainer

Tom Andrews is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Certified Master Trainer for this course. He is also a Building Performance Institute certified professional.

Course Description

Goal
This 5-day class is based on the NREL/DoE Job Task Analysis for Energy Auditor and is intended to provide participants with the knowledge of the steps involved in the process of becoming an Energy Auditor in the DOE National Weatherization Program.  We will discuss the audit process from beginning to end interspersed with classroom activities to reinforce concepts and inspection procedures.  Participants are expected to have a knowledge base in place which will allow a viable transition from knowing to implementation.  The goal of this class is to take information learned in other classes and in the field and “put it all together” into a comprehensive audit process along with preparing participants for taking the BPI HEP Energy Auditor certification exams.  There are recommended pre-requisite classes before attending this session.

Learning Objectives
By attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize all the requirements needed to function as an Energy Auditor in the DOE Weatherization Program
  • Review all forms and documents required as part of the audit process for Indiana
  • Organize classroom information and previous knowledge base into a comprehensive field audit process
  • Demonstrate Auditor skills and inspection processes on a home in the field as part of the Indiana Skills Verification process
  • Formulate a work scope based on the Indiana Weatherization Priority List
  • Validate work scope recommendations through collaboration with the Final Inspector and through future utility bill analysis

Course Details

  • Five days of course instruction and demonstrations
  • Written test at end of day five
  • Class Times are:
    Day 1: 9:00 – 4:30
    Day 2: 8:30 – 4:30
    Day 3: 8:30 – 4:30
    Day 4: 8:30 – 4:30
    Day 5: 8:30 – 4:30

Prerequisites 

  • Successful completion of Weatherization Installer or Crew Leader courses or equivalent
  • Currently hold a Building Analyst / Energy Auditor certification or have been working as an energy auditor

Additionally (not required):

  • Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) Pressure Diagnostics for Auditors and Technicians (1 day)

Mechanical Systems for Auditors (MSA – 2 days)

What is an Energy Auditor?

An energy auditor is a residential energy-efficiency professional who evaluates the energy efficiency, health and safety of a home and conducts field measurements to identify areas for savings. The energy auditor produces a report of this information and recommends changes to the customer, client or contractor.

About NREL’s Job Task Analysis

This course follows the NREL’s Energy Auditor Job Task Analysis (JTA). The JTA is the foundation for the IREC credentialing program, identifying critical knowledge areas, work functions and skills for a professional working in the field.

The JTA was created by subject matter experts (SMEs) and includes a blueprint for the examination used in the course.

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